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Helen Cable Vance

Mildred Cable Johnson

Leeunah (Lee) Woods

The North Shore Cemetery Association was and is a non-profit group organized for the purpose of preserving the graveyards and general history of the Fontana Basin.  Organized in 1977, with an immediate aim to gain general access to the cemeteries of the North Shore in conformity of the contractual agreements that formulated in 1943 between Federal, State and County Agencies.  Another aim of the Association was the planning of decorations for the cemeteries along the North Shore of Fontana Lake as were held in the area before 1943 and the removal of families.  It was and is made up of former residents and their descendants who lived in this area and whose land was taken for the building of the Fontana Dam and Basin area.
On the SCHEDULE page you will find the dates, times of departure and location for each cemetery decoration.
We worked for years for the legal ingress and egress that was promised to our families in
Swain County, North Carolina, when homes and lands were taken for the purpose of building Fontana Lake.  We were given a promise by our government that a road would be built to connect the existing roads in the area in order for families to get to the cemeteries that were left along the North Shore and above the high water mark of the lake.
Swain County, North Carolina, and the Federal government have settled the 1943 Agreement as of 2010.  CableCove8-11Our cemeteries and access have been preserved, maybe not the way we wanted, but our families and descendants will be able to visit our old home sites, town sites and family cemeteries for generations to come.
We will always be able to “go home again”, so to speak, due to the preservation of that area by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Very few people can stand on the ground where for 5 generations their family lived, grew up, worked and died.  It is very much a treat and honor to walk the roads, visit the towns, home sites and cemeteries on the North Shore of Fontana Lake.
We will be sharing pictures, articles and stories about the long road to our cemeteries.
We will also be sharing memories of life on Hazel Creek.
We hope you will enjoy our site and share any pictures, stories or information that you have with us.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Helen, Mildred, Verna and Le


 We have placed our order and picked our spot in front of the Museum (old Court House) in Bryson City for the tree that we will be placing in memory of David Monteith, County Commissioner and member of the North Shore Cemetery Association.
Plaque has also been order. We will not be able to set it until September due to such hot weather right now. Will let you know when we will have the presentation. It will be thru the week. Keep watching this page or our facebook page, north shore cemeteries.
As of March 24, 2018, we are still waiting on Swain County Chamber to tell us when they will have the trees and plaques ready.  Sorry for the delay.  It is out of our hands.

For obituaries of those who  have passed away in the past few weeks that were former residents or family members of the North Shore-Fontana Basis-see our page “THOSE WE LOST”

Verna Kirland

April 16, 2018
We had a wonderful luncheon and planning meeting today with the Great Smoky Mountain Superintendent Cash, Asst Superintendent Clay Jordan, Resource Dept Nigel Field, Cultural Resources, Diane Flaugh, Maintenance Tim Warner and visiting from NPS in Washington DC - Catherine Cilfone. We all enjoyed lunch, getting to know each other a little better and then discussing trips for decorations this year. We appreciate all the Park has done over the years and continue to do for the North Shore Cemetery Association. Attending today also, were co-Presidents, Helen Vance and Mildred Cable. Also attended were Leeunah (Lee) Woods and Patti Higgins

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Come and attend one of our cemetery decorations.  Go to our SCHEDULE PAGE for listing and dates of Decorations.  Bring a covered dish to share or your own packed lunch and your drink. We would love to have you at any decoration.

Christina Cook, a freelance reporter had an article published in Oxford American Magazine in fall of 2015.
To read this article in its entirety go to


We are proud to announce that Lee’s book
 “Growing up on Hazel Creek”
is published
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Located on the north shore of Fontana Lake in Swain County, NC.  Now part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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North Shore Cemeteries

Welcome to the official site of
The North Shore Cemetery Association and North Shore Historical Society